Libraries Across the County Open for Pickup Service
Starting Monday, June 1st libraries across the county will open for pickup service, as part of Phase 1 of the gradual expansion of library service. Each branch will have different hours for calling in orders, picking up items, and returning materials that were previously checked out.
“We are excited to get back to work inside the branches and sharing our collections again,” stated Morgan Mann, Community Relations Library Assistant. “We’ve been working hard at getting processes down to best serve our communities and opening access safely.”
There are no interlibrary loans at this time, but patrons must call individual branches to request items from an individual library’s collection, which then will be scheduled for pickup. Ordering hours and return times vary across branches. Buildings remain closed to the public, and social distancing is stressed when coming to the libraries to pickup or return items.
Door County Libraries are located in Forestville, Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor, Baileys Harbor, Fish Creek, Ephraim, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, and Washington Island.
Visit www.DoorCountyLibrary.org to see individual branch hours and follow the library on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for the latest updates.
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Join us on Thursday, June 11 from 10-11:30 a.m. for Compassionate Accountability: Dealing with Problem Behaviors in the Library.
We all have those patrons who can make library work more challenging. Maybe they repeatedly violate a policy or they seek out the staff person who is willing to bend the rules for them when you have already told them no. With many of our libraries just starting to expand services and making plans to reopen our facilities in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic, this session will explore ways we can explain changes to our services and enforce existing and new guidelines. We will provide ideas for how to hold patrons accountable for behaviors, and still be compassionate. Topics include tips and tricks to use before, during, and after a behavior concern to help make the library safe for all.
Presented by Emily Rogers, Deputy Director, Brown County Library and Karla Giraldez, Ashwaubenon/Southwest Branch Manager, Brown County Library
The webinar will be recorded if you're not able to join us live.
Earlier this year, the NFLS Board agreed to sponsor one of the keynote speakers, Nigel Poor, at the upcoming WLA Fall Conference in Green Bay.
Poor is a volunteer at San Quentin Prison and co-hosts the podcast “Ear Hustle.” The podcast is a partnership between Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin. The podcast was also co-founded with former San Quentin resident Antwan Williams. Poor currently co-hosts with Rahsaan “New York” Thomas, an inmate at the prison.
U.S. Census Bureau Press Release May 22, 2020 — The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Wisconsin in the week of May 25. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork for this operation on March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here for more details about this release.
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DC’s Wonder Woman will champion the power of a library card this September as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In the coming weeks, there will be free graphics starring Wonder Woman as well as media tools like a template press release, sample social media posts, and much more.
The free graphics and tools will be available on the Library Card Sign-up Month webpage.
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Starting this June, GLBT Book Month™ will be observed by a new name: Rainbow Book Month™.
The month is a nationwide celebration of authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Visit the Rainbow Book Month webpage to download free resources to support the observance, including social media graphics and ideas for virtual programming and book discussion groups.
$15 Million in IMLS CARES Act Grants Now Available for Museum and Library Services (Apply by 6/12/2020)
On May 8, 2020, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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NEH invites applications from eligible organizations seeking support for at-risk humanities positions and projects that have been impacted by the coronavirus. Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Webinar: Unemployment Insurance Basics: Assisting Library Patrons
Monday, May 18, 10:00-11:00 AM
Login here, no registration necessary. Sorry there is no option to call in via phone.
The way Wisconsinites sign up for and apply for unemployment is changing rapidly, sometimes multiple times a day. As such, the DPI Public Library Team is repeating the Unemployment Insurance webinar originally given on April 27, 2020. Ann Astin will include up-to-the-moment tips. This webinar does not have a seat capacity so everyone will be able to access it. It will be recoded and captioned, as well.
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Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Expands Economic Opportunity
Apply now for $2,000 toward virtual workforce programming
The COVID-19 crisis has forced libraries to pivot into virtual services in lieu of face-to-face programming. Recognizing the critical role libraries play in supporting America’s workforce when millions file for unemployment, Libraries Lead with Digital Skills has expanded its initiative to offer public libraries $2,000 to provide virtual programming, outreach, and education to address the digital skills gaps of job seekers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Who should apply? Public libraries that want to start virtual digital skills programs or those that are interested in testing out new resources.
> > Click here to learn more in PLA's announcement.
Last week's blog posts were heavy on great Summer Learning Program resources including offline programming ideas, updates from CSLP on programming for summer during COVID-19; an announcement of a webinar coming this Friday on serving Tweens and Teens; fair use and patron privacy for virtual programming and free COVID-19 ebooks for kids.
Please check the NEWI list of free webinars to find online continuing education opportunities you can attend from where you are, whether at work or at home. Most sessions are 60 minutes long, and are provided – at no charge to you – by associations, agencies, companies, and library systems.
For webinars on COVID-19, click on a title to register:
Last week, the Department of Public Instruction hosted a webinar in which four libraries shared their procedures and best practices around curbside service. The recordings and procedural documents are now available to view.
As a reminder, the decision to offer curbside library service is a local library decision and this blog post and the accompanying webinar recordings should not be viewed as endorsement or encouragement to provide the service.
Click here to review the curbside service webinar recordings.
CSLP put together a set of modified summer library program materials for service during the time of COVID-19.
Below you will find instructions for how to access the additional resources (PDF download from CSLP, or editable docs using CSLP login). Beneath the instructions, you will also find a letter from CSLP about these materials.
How to Access: Online access will be made available at https://www.cslpreads.org/. A PDF version will be located on the front page of the website for easy printing and download capabilities (a red rectangular button—the large PDF downloads as soon as you click it). For a more editable version CSLP members are encouraged to sign into their CSLP account and access content from the online manuals.
Once logged into the Online Manual:
Click here to view the webinar recording for WiscNet Community Conversation: Connecting People & Strategies in Strange Times.
It's not too late to join WiscNet for a special WiscNet Community Conversation: Connecting People & Strategies in Strange Times next week, May 5 from 10:00-11:00am.
Normally WiscNet Community Conversations bring WiscNet to you as they travel around the state to different areas and help WiscNet members connect to one another locally. Obviously they can't do that right now, so they're Zooming at you instead.
Partaking in a panel discussion will be a few of your wonderful WiscNet Board Members:
They'll discuss what’s working for them right now, and what’s not; how they’re connecting with their communities and improvements to be made; and how they’re reaching out to students, staff, and/or citizens that are most disengaged/vulnerable. We’ll also pick their brains about the future: how will they take what they’re learning now and apply it when this happens again?
There will also be time for you to share your own situations, experiences, expertise, and lessons already learned as well as ask questions of each other.
RSVP on WiscNet's website to join.
Learn more at https://mailchi.mp/wiscnet/well-be-online-next-tuesday-may-5-for-a-special-wiscnet-community-conversation?e=d9587b45b8
Kim Meyers is the new director at the Gillett Public Library.
Kim is from Sobieski, Wisconsin and has lived here all her life. She has worked in libraries since 2011, and has a Masters degree in Library and Information Science.
When she's not working, Kim likes to knit, crochet, read and write. She's very interested in history and genealogy. A fun fact about Kim is that her cousin is Charles Ammi Cutter.
Kim looks forward to getting to know the Gillett Community and applying what she learned in library school.
If you want to send Kim a note, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"While our in-person NLLD 2020 was canceled, ALA is hosting a week's worth of advocacy training and activities for library advocates of all kinds. Typically, NLLD has a registration cost and specialized trainings, like the Congressional Management Foundation webinar, are available to ALA members only. During this critical moment, we are opening access to everyone. Our vision is that library advocates will have the opportunity to hear from each other, to train virtually, and to continue creating connections and relationships with decision makers at every level of government.
This is an unsettling time, but here's the truth: advocacy is more important now than ever before. This week of training aims to prepare us to take the leap forward, to expand our skillsets, and to pioneer new forms of digital outreach.
Knowing we are all balancing screen time with multiple responsibilities at home, the week is a "design your own path" program based on your preference and availability. Tune in every day between May 4 and May 8 for live afternoon sessions and complete advocacy actions when you can. All trainings are free and recordings will be available on our website through May 31."
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